Kern is a very simple, typography-inspired arcade game in which you try to precisely position missing letters into falling words without creating an "unnecessary ligature," i.e., a spot where the letters overlap. The visual design and sound effects of this game are impressively slick and elegant throughout--as befits a graphic design-themed game--but aside from the variety of typography-related words and point sizes, the gameplay is fairly repetitive and one-dimensional, especially for a paid app. Overall, Kern will be best-loved by design nerds (although it should be noted that even the gameplay only has a superficial relationship to … Read more
Fawnt is a new font link directory that's got a variety of interesting and neat-looking fonts for your computer. I've been to a lot of sites like these in years past, and many are nauseatingly ugly and difficult to navigate. Fawnt, on the other hand, goes the slick and clean route, showing you a dozen fonts at a time in little white bubbles that can be navigated (12 at a time) with simple and large arrow buttons.
Clicking on any of the font links will take you to its site or origin, where you can go download and … Read more
I've been a typography buff for years--I even reflexively groan when I see ads that use Helvetica--so this Flip Web site was just too entertaining for me to pass up.
It relies on a property of the Unicode character-encoding scheme, which has a vast array of letters and glyphs from non-Roman alphabets. Think of it as ASCII on steroids.
Unicode has enough characters that many standard Roman alphabet characters have upside-down equivalents. When you type letters into the upper box, they appear upside down in the lower box via Unicode translation, according to the site's designer, David Faden. … Read more